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Turkish Press Review, 06-02-03

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> e-mail : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

03.02.2006

FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH ERDOGAN AKP TO PRESENT BILL PROPOSING CHANGES TO LAW ON DECLARATION OF ASSETS FOREIGN MINISTRY: “TURKEY SHARES THE INTL COMMUNITY’S CONCERNS OVER IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM” GEORGIAN PREMIER TO VISIT ISTANBUL BAYKAL MEETS WITH US AMBASSADOR, DISCUSSES ASSETS DISCLOSURE CONTROVERSY BABACAN MEETS WITH FRENCH FM, DISCUSSES ECONOMIC TIES EU COMMISSIONER REHN: “I’M EMBARRASSED WE DIDN’T KEEP OUR PROMISES ON CYPRUS” YYU RECTOR ASKIN VISITS DYP LEADER AGAR COUNCIL OF STATE HALTS TUPRAS SALE TOBB: “WE’LL PRESENT A REPORT TO ERDOGAN ON THE PROBLEMS OF BUSINESSMEN” FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS… STRATEGIC MAINTENANCE BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

CONTENTS

  • [01] FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH ERDOGAN
  • [02] AKP TO PRESENT BILL PROPOSING CHANGES TO LAW ON DECLARATION OF ASSETS
  • [03] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “TURKEY SHARES THE INTL COMMUNITY’S CONCERNS OVER IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM”
  • [04] GEORGIAN PREMIER TO VISIT ISTANBUL
  • [05] BAYKAL MEETS WITH US AMBASSADOR, DISCUSSES ASSETS DISCLOSURE CONTROVERSY
  • [06] BABACAN MEETS WITH FRENCH FM, DISCUSSES ECONOMIC TIES
  • [07] EU COMMISSIONER REHN: “I’M EMBARRASSED WE DIDN’T KEEP OUR PROMISES ON CYPRUS”
  • [08] YYU RECTOR ASKIN VISITS DYP LEADER AGAR
  • [09] COUNCIL OF STATE HALTS TUPRAS SALE
  • [10] TOBB: “WE’LL PRESENT A REPORT TO ERDOGAN ON THE PROBLEMS OF BUSINESSMEN”
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [12] STRATEGIC MAINTENANCE BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

  • [01] FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH ERDOGAN

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy. During the meeting, Premier Erdogan decried cartoons denigrating the Prophet Muhammed which were published in a Danish newspaper and recently republished in France. At a press conference after the meeting, Douste-Blazy stated that they had also discussed investment opportunities in Turkey and Turkey’s efforts to fight bird flu. Asked about the Iran controversy, Douste-Blazy said, “As a neighboring country, Turkey’s role in conveying the international community’s messages to Iran is important.” /Star/

    [02] AKP TO PRESENT BILL PROPOSING CHANGES TO LAW ON DECLARATION OF ASSETS

    The Justice and Development Party (AKP) is expected to present a bill to Parliament next week to make several changes to the Law on Declaration of Assets. The changes would include not only politicians, but also military officers and judicial officials. Commenting on the issue, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek said that this should be a comprehensive regulation and not only include politicians. /Sabah/

    [03] FOREIGN MINISTRY: “TURKEY SHARES THE INTL COMMUNITY’S CONCERNS OVER IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM”

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan said yesterday that Ankara shares the concerns of the international community over Iran’s decision to restart its nuclear research and development program. Tan stated that regional security and stability was very important for Turkey, so it was closely watching developments in Iran. “Ankara believes that the issue should be solved through diplomatic means,” he said. “That’s why we support the efforts of the European Union. We accept Iran’s right to peacefully utilize nuclear energy, but believe that Tehran should cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IACA) and take measures to prove that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.” /Turkiye/

    [04] GEORGIAN PREMIER TO VISIT ISTANBUL

    Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli will arrive in Turkey tomorrow to pay a two-day working visit to Istanbul, the Foreign Ministry announced in a written statement. The visit will be the Georgian premier’s second visit to Turkey in the last four months. /Turkish Daily News/

    [05] BAYKAL MEETS WITH US AMBASSADOR, DISCUSSES ASSETS DISCLOSURE CONTROVERSY

    Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday met with US Ambassador to Ankara Ross Wilson to discuss the recent controversy over politicians declaring their assets. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Wilson said that in the US, politicians are required to make a financial disclosure every year. “I’ve disclosed my assets for the last 15 years,” he said. “These disclosures are confidential, but US politicians can share this with the public, and I believe the president and vice president normally do so.” Wilson added that he had followed the controversy through media reports. /Milliyet/

    [06] BABACAN MEETS WITH FRENCH FM, DISCUSSES ECONOMIC TIES

    State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan yesterday met with visiting French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy, accompanied by a group of French businessmen. Speaking afterwards, Babacan said that Turkey’s economic growth was creating opportunities for European firms, especially French ones. For his part, Douste-Blazy said that there were about 300 French firms operating in Turkey, adding that the communications, transportation and nuclear energy sectors in particular interested French businesses. /Cumhuriyet/

    [07] EU COMMISSIONER REHN: “I’M EMBARRASSED WE DIDN’T KEEP OUR PROMISES ON CYPRUS”

    European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn yesterday met in Brussels with a delegation from the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD). During the meeting, Rehn expressed his embarrassment about the EU’s failure to keep its promises to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to ease its international isolation. Ankara’s EU membership negotiations were also discussed at the meeting. The TUSIAD delegation also met with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who said that Turkey’s contribution to the EU was important and those who disagree should look at a map. Barroso also said that reforms in Turkey should continue and be implemented fully. /Turkiye/

    [08] YYU RECTOR ASKIN VISITS DYP LEADER AGAR

    Van Yuzuncu Yil University (YYU) Rector Yucel Askin yesterday visited opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar. Agar touched on Askin’s ongoing corruption trial and said, “I hope this case doesn’t take on a political character but stays within legal bounds.” Agar also said that a DYP commission was closely following the controversial trial. /Turkiye/

    [09] COUNCIL OF STATE HALTS TUPRAS SALE

    The General Council of the Administrative Lawsuit Departments of the Council of State yesterday halted a tender for the block sale of 51 percent of Tupras, the share transfer of which had already been completed. The council declared that some provisions in the tender specifications violated the Privatization Law. Koc Holding Chairman Mustafa Koc said after the decision that it would be premature to comment on it. /The New Anatolian/

    [10] TOBB: “WE’LL PRESENT A REPORT TO ERDOGAN ON THE PROBLEMS OF BUSINESSMEN”

    Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) Executive Board member Fethi Coskuntuncel said yesterday that the group had divided Turkey into 11 regions and are set to meet businessmen in these regions to discuss their problems. “Later, we’ll prepare a report and present it to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” added Coskuntuncel. In related news, the second Regional and Sectoral Economic Council meeting is expected to be held on Feb. 14, and businessmen’s problems are to be discussed. /Sabah/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [12] STRATEGIC MAINTENANCE BY MUHARREM SARIKAYA (SABAH)

    Columnist Muharrem Sarikaya comments on the Mus Airport and its purpose. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The Mus Airport in Turkey’s southeast was constructed after 1986 with US financial support with an eye toward NATO’s military plans in the Gulf region. It became the most strategic air headquarters in the region. The airport recently opened itself to civilian flights, just like other military headquarters, and it’s often been mentioned during the US operations in Iraq. It ranked among six headquarters that the Pentagon wants to use for its Iraq operation. After Turkey rejected a proposal authorizing the deployment of US troops on Turkish soil for its operations in Iraq in March 2003, discussions on it ended. However, the US’ interest in the airport wasn’t over. It came up with the tension about Iran’s nuclear program. Reportedly, it came up for the first time during US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley’s visit to Ankara last year. There were claims that the US wanted to use this airport in a possible attack against Iran. While the tension between Iran and the US and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was rising yesterday, an important decision was signed in Ankara. During the meeting earlier this week with the Directorate General of State Airports Authority (DHMI) at the Air Forces Command, it was decided to close the Mus Airport temporarily. The reason for this was to renovate two of the airport’s runways which are damaged. As part of this, the DHMI will also expand the runways.

    So far this is all normal. However, the period envisaged for the construction is interesting. I spoke with Mus Governor Ibrahim Ozcimen yesterday, who said that the construction will be completed in a period of 700 working days. However, Mus Mayor Necmettin Dede said that officials told him that it would be only 450 working days. According to Ozcimen’s calculations, the airport can go back into service in two or four years. Ozcimen and Dede have suggested that officials open one of the runways in order not to hinder transportation, but this was rejected. There are various views about Ankara’s decision about the airport. Prime Minister Abdullah Gul has suggested opening a door for dialogue, instead of isolating Iran completely. The decision about the airport shows Ankara’s intention to continue this role.”

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